Child Car Seat Rules Nz
The previous law required all child passengers up to 5 years of age to use an appropriate child restraint. Children aged 5 years to 7 years had to use an appropriate child restraint if one was available.
The Trusts Charitable Foundation has a relationship with West Auckland Plunket in which for the past six years it's purchased about 1500 seats a year, equating to about $600,000 and given them to Plunket for distribution to the Waitakere community. Parents of newborn children can also pay a $30 donation to Plunket for a baby capsule.
Assuming an 80 percent compliance rate with booster seat requirements, the costs are estimated at $4.25 million in the first year when parents or caregivers must purchase an appropriate child restraint for children who were previously not required to use one.
For information about approved standards for child restraints and a list of certified Child Restraint Technicians can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints. You can also find loads more information on the Safer Car Seats website.
A child aged seven or over, but under the age of 15, may be seated in the front seat of a vehicle without an approved suitable child restraint if there is no back seat, or the back seat is already full of other children under 15 years old. The child must be restrained using the available safety belt.
The government is committed to the Safer Journeys road safety strategy(external link) and wants to give effect to as many road safety improvements as possible. However, this doesn’t mean that all improvements have to be mandatory. Road users can voluntarily adopt safety practices that go beyond the mandated requirements.
While not a legal requirement, parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow best practice advice by keeping child passengers who are older than the mandated age requirements in appropriate child restraints until they reach a standing height of 148cm.
It's unlikely that you'll be refused entry if you take a restraint other than one of those recommended for the country. Most problems are likely to arise over insurance if you have a crash. It is likely that insurance will not be paid out if the restraint you are using is not one recommended for that specific country.
If there was an 80 percent compliance rate with booster seat requirements, the proposed change to child restraint requirements is expected to save 2.2 lives and prevent 12.8 serious injuries and 131.1 other injuries over the first 10 years. This equates to a net safety benefit (benefits over and above costs) of $2.3 million. The estimated cost benefit ratio is 1.2.
Updating New Zealand’s child restraint laws received strong support from both the general public and stakeholders in the public consultation undertaken in developing Safer Journeys, the governments road safety strategy to 2020(external link).
Without a car seat, the neck isn't supported and can break or suffer whiplash on impact while the lower belt across the stomach can cause internal damage. Ranui resident Kirsty Mew is already on board and ensures her son Hunter, 4, and daughter Charlotte, 6, are in car seats before embarking on journeys of any length.